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The provost of the embattled Central European University Liviu Matei tells Ben Upton what it will take to move the institution from Budapest to Vienna.

“We have waited as long as we possibly can,” Central European University rector Michael Ignatieff said on 25 October. “But it would be irresponsible for us not to pursue arrangements to secure CEU’s future.”

His statement confirmed what many had begun to suspect. Amid continued uncertainty about the university’s legal status and political pressure from Hungary’s populist government, the CEU is quitting Budapest.

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